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Minnesota-Style Sloppy Joes

Minnesota-Style Sloppy Joe
Every once in a while, I get nostalgic for comfort foods from my youth. Sloppy Joes are at the top of that list. I like them served open-faced on white bread. I think, traditionally, they're served on hamburger buns. 

Submitted by: Jennifer from Chicago, IL

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/2 fresh diced green bell pepper, or 1/2 cup diced dried green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound ground beef, or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Preparation Instructions:

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion, celery, jalapeño, and bell pepper. Cook until soft. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 3-4 more minutes.

Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook meat until browned, 10-12 minutes.

Lower the heat down to medium and add the tomato sauce, tomato powder, ketchup, Tabasco, Worcestershire, brown sugar, mustard powder, and vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and the mixture has thickened, about 15-30 minutes. Taste for seasonings and adjust with salt and pepper.

Serve on toasted hamburger buns, or your favored bread.

More About This Recipe

Ground turkey can be used for a healthier version, but beef is classic. You can use tomato paste in place of the powder. If you don't like heat at all, omit the jalapeno and Tabasco.



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